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VARONA Larysa
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Belarus   
GenderWomen
Age35
Place of BirthKrupki, URS
Height1.66 m
Weight 61 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Residence
Minsk, BLR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Coaching, Physical Education - Belarusian State University of Physical Education: Minsk, BLR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at school in Belarus at age 11, and took up the sport in 2003.
Why this sport?
"I tried [the sport] and liked it."
Club / Team
Republican Centre of Olympic Preparation in Paralympic Sports [BLR] / Mahilyow School of Supreme Sports Skill [BLR]:
Name of coach
Nikolay Shablovsky, BLR; Viktor Kamotsky, BLR, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Belarus
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two bronze medals in cross-country [5km classic and 3x2.5km relay] at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (mpravda.by, 07 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjorgen. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fighting is the meaning of life." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (Athlete, 27 Dec 2017)
Other sports
She competed for Belarus in Para rowing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 27 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 27 Dec 2017)
Impairment
She was born with a locomotor impairment. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
  2006 7.5km Sprint - Standing  DNF
12 2014 6km Sprint - Standing 23:39.9
  2014 10km Middle - Standing  DNF
11 2014 12.5km Individual - Standing 46:49.4
12 2018 6km Sprint - Standing 21:10.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
9 2006 5km - Standing 17:45.9
6 2006 15km - Standing 1:03:12.7
2 2006 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:10.1
3 2010 5km Classic Style - Standing 19:10.2
3 2010 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 22:04.2
4 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
4 2014 15km Classic Style - Standing 56:54.2
14 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 5:41.85
8 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 29:27.9
14 2014 5km Freestyle - Standing 16:32.2
Semifinal 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 6:02.3
7 2018 7.5km Classic Style - Standing 26:07.7
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2012/2013 6km Sprint - Standing 21:00.0
12 2012/2013 10km Middle - Standing 42:26.4
12 2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Standing 47:20.4
11 2016/2017 6km Sprint - Standing 22:45.4
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2004/2005 10km - Standing 52:05.1
7 2004/2005 5km - Standing 20:05.2
  2004/2005 15km - Standing  DNF
  2008/2009 15km Classic Style LW2-9  DNS
3 2008/2009 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:09.4
3 2008/2009 5km Freestyle LW2-9 18:06.3
5 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9  
8 2010/2011 5km - Standing 19:34.3
  2010/2011 15km - Standing  DNF
2 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Standing  
6 2012/2013 15km - Standing 53:40.6
4 2012/2013 5km - Standing 16:46.4
10 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Standing  
8 2016/2017 15km - Standing 1:01:25.1